Today's question comes from Brendan in Florida. He asks, "What do you think about Bernie Sanders defending Fidel Castro? How ignorant can you be?! And how ignorant are the people supporting him?!"
Answer by Molotov Mitchell:
Good questions there, Brendan! It's interesting that you used the word "ignorant," once for him and then again for his fans. Let start with the man, himself. Like everyone, we need to look back at who Bernie has been to really understand who he is today.
Let's start in 1985, when a younger Bernie Sanders traveled to Nicaragua to meet the Marxist mobster Daniel Ortega. In case your memory is Bidenesque, Ortega and his Sandinistas had killed and disappeared thousands of protesters and political foes. Yet in an interview on Town Meeting Television, Sanders praised him as “an impressive guy.” I guess that's one way to put it! Last year, Bernie stymied Florida voters when he refused to condemn Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro. “It’s fair to say that the last (Venezuelan) election was undemocratic,” he admitted to Wolf Blitzer. “But there are still democratic operations taking place in their country.” Right. And Mussolini wasn't perfect but those trains were always on time, weren't they? And just two weeks ago, the Marxist-cum-presidential hopeful made headlines yet again when he defended Castro in an interview for “60 Minutes.”
Aware of the Senator’s fondness for brutal dictators (barring Donald Trump, naturally), Cooper asked what he thought about the Communist Revolution in Cuba. “It’s simply unfair to say everything was bad,” he opined in classic Brooklyn brogue. “When Fidel Castro came to office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing?”
Side question: this one comes from Bernie in Vermont. He asks, "Was Castro's literacy program a bad thing?"
Answer by Molotov Mitchell: Interesting question, Senator. The answer is "yes."
Castro’s literacy program was definitely a bad thing. Like all Communist despots,
Fidel Castro set out to brainwash the nation with a Marxist education system,
but pamphlets, Little Red Books and the like are useless if no one can read them.
Dollars to donuts, the first thing graduates of the People’s Literacy Program had
to read was Das Kapital. Of course, it's hard to know because so many of those
graduates were probably murdered, starved or died trying to escape to America.
As for his politics, Sanders’ comments couldn’t have come at a worse time. The pinko politician is going to need Florida’s delegates to win the Democratic Party nomination. And if he pulls that off, he'll need to win Florida to reach the White house. Of course, that's a long shot within a pipe dream. The guy's so radical, so polarizing, that his own party had to cheat to block his nomination in 2016. But after enraging the sizable Latin population, many of whom have fled Communist oppression themselves, Floridians don’t see a pipe dream when they look at him. They see a pipe bomb.
Just this week, I’ve read several articles from both sides of the aisle admonishing the senator and suggesting that he should read up on these dictators before praising them. I don't know...is that the real problem here? While I certainly agree with the sentiment that there needs to be more education on Communism, Bernie Sanders is certainly not the one who needs educating. The premise that he is some doddering, old idealist who’s simply overlooked or forgotten the millions of murders and gulags Communism has left in its deadly wake is not only ridiculous but frankly dangerous.
Bernie Sanders knows what’s up.
He proudly displays a plaque honoring the Bolshevik traitor Eugene Debs’ in his Senate office. When he moved to Vermont, he headed the American People’s History Society where he made socialist educational materials and historical revision films. He honeymooned in communist Russia, for goodness sake (seriously, who does that?!). So let’s stop pretending that Mr. Sanders is just the goofy old crank who just doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He knows exactly what happened under Castro and continues to happen under Cuba’s Communist regime. He knows. And he’s on board. Were a Socialist Revolution to break out here in America and the men Eugene Debs dubbed “the barons of Wall Street” were toppled, I could see Sanders describing it as "less than perfect." He might even go so far as to call it “undemocratic." But he'd stand by and shrug at the mass incarcerations, re-education camps, land seizures, and firing squads that Communism demands to achieve its goals. Like Marx, Sanders agrees that “if you want to make an omelet, you’ve got to break a few eggs.”
So looking back, Bernie Sanders clearly understands the crooked coups and greedy goons he's supporting. So, in my estimation, the Senator who ironically represents a state with the motto “Live Free or Die” is wanting for a soul, not knowledge. It’s college-aged voters and up and coming high schoolers that need a comprehensive history lesson on socialist savagery more than anyone. And I don't want to sound alarmist, but they need it sooner than later.
To be continued...
(PART TWO will be released in a few days. Stay tuned!)
Molotov Mitchell is a writer and producer for We Are Thinking, a Q&A site with answers from experts and Mensans. To receive stories and videos like these regularly, visit wearethinking.com today!